Peter, James and John

To call "Peter, James and John," a “phrase” may seem strange, as may “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” when so treated later. But we have already seen the collective significance of the latter threesome in “Bush” above, and both groups appeared above under “Three Bodies.” In a sense they are Old and New Testament counterparts, and portray the “Seed”-like “fractal”1 nature of creation. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob became the spiritual ancestry of ancient Israel, from which sprang the specially called nation’s zodiacal twelvefoldedness. Peter, James and John, representing “the Twelve,” became the spiritual ancestry of the Church (i.e., Peter = Rome; James = Apostolic or Jerusalem; John = Eastern Orthodox, granting that some liberty is taken in this conditional use of the names “James and John”). From both tribes and apostles is to come the zodiacal twelve-foldedness of the Holy City (see Rev 21,12-13).

Though never in John’s Gospel, Peter, James and John appear together five times in the synoptics: at the Transfiguration (Mt 17,1; Mk 9,2; Lk 9,28), in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt 26,37; Mk 14,33), at the “raising” of Jairus’ daughter (Mk 5,37; Lk 8,51), and as the audience (along with Andrew) for the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law and for Jesus’ “Little Apocalypse” (Mk 1,29-31 and 13,3) (thus appearing “alone” with him only “three” times).

We must pause at the outset to reflect upon why just these three— Peter, James and John—are taken by Jesus into these more intimate situations. What are we being told by this circumstance? Do these instances not relate, as indeed does the whole Bible account, to the matter of consciousness? How can the color red be explained to one who is blind? We have seen how the Bible is a story of the evolution of human consciousness. How do these instances reflect an intensification of that concern? They are all situations calling for new spiritual insight. And just as Jesus recognized that not all of the masses were karmically ready to receive the message of salvation (Mt 10,11-14; Mk 6,11; Lk 9,5), nor were even many who were converted sufficiently prepared to receive the higher instruction of the “Mountain” (Mt 7,6), so also even among the “Twelve” only a smaller group could be given these most intimate teachings. Peter, James and John composed that group, though eventually only the mysterious John could be given the highest instruction. The approach to him, however, is through the three. Let us look at the three occasions in question. (We need not for now concern ourselves with those two mentioned only by Mark when Andrew was also present. Andrew was Peter’s brother, and Mark was Peter’s charge, thus distinguishing these instances.)

   
Three Bodies, Appendix Page 7
Peter, James & John, Page 2